Patents Assigned to Kohler Co.
  • Patent number: 11519352
    Abstract: An engine includes a single cylinder, at least one sensor, a fuel injector, and a controller. The at least one sensor is configured to generate sensor data for an engine condition. The controller is configured to perform a comparison of the engine condition to a threshold and in response to the comparison, generate a first command to deactivate the fuel injector after a first predetermined time period and a second command to reactivate the fuel injector after a second predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Martin Radue, Brian Hartwig
  • Patent number: 11519345
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically controlling an aggregate load on a generator is described. Fuel change data for a gaseous fuel for the generator is identified. The fuel change data indicates a change in fuel type for the generator. A controller identifies at least one load portion from the aggregate load associated with the change in fuel type and generates a switch command for a switch coupled to the at least one load in response to the change in fuel type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: William Gysi, Peter Thompson
  • Patent number: 11511304
    Abstract: A quick-connect system for a plumbing fixture includes an arm attachment, an intermediate fitting, and a collar. A first end of the arm attachment is mountable to a fluid conduit. At least a portion of the arm attachment at a second end of the arm attachment is sized to be received within the intermediate fitting and the collar. The collar is configured to slidably engage with the intermediate fitting and press against the intermediate fitting to deform the intermediate fitting over the second end of the arm attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Brandon H. Miller, Liam J. MacGillivray, Jack E. Davies
  • Publication number: 20220371031
    Abstract: A shower device includes an elongated hollow waterway, a spray head configured to emit water, and a valve. The elongated hollow waterway extends in a longitudinal direction and has a first end configured to receive water, a second end, and an internal fluid passage extending from the first end to the second end. The second end has a port extending in a radial direction from the internal fluid passage through the waterway. The valve is configured to control a water flow rate from the internal fluid passage of the waterway to the spray head. The valve includes a valve body that surrounds the port and a control member operatively coupled to the valve body and surrounding at least a portion of the valve body. Rotation of the control member and valve body relative to the waterway provides a variable adjustment of the water flow rate to the spray head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Matthew Ball
  • Patent number: 11505929
    Abstract: A diverter seal member for a diverter structure of a tub spout structure includes a central body, a first seal extension, and a second seal extension. The central body includes a first side, a second side, and an aperture extending completely through the central body between the first side and the second side of the central body. The first seal extension extends from the first side of the central body and around a central axis that extends axially through a center of the aperture. The first seal extension includes a first extension side, a second extension side, and an extension end. The extension end of the first seal extension extends substantially perpendicularly to the first extension side and the second extension side of the first seal extension. The second seal extension extends from the second side of the central body around the central axis of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Shashank Varma, Matthew J. Ball, Andrew D. Wieberdink, Evan Yee, Kellen D. Beauchesne
  • Publication number: 20220364343
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink basin and a disposal system. The disposal system includes a first inlet coupled to the sink basin, a second inlet fluidly coupled to a second fluid source, and a garbage disposal configured to receive a first flow of fluid from the sink basin via the first inlet and receive a second flow of fluid from a second fluid source via the second inlet. The sink basin delivers a flow of used water to the disposal system and the second fluid source delivers a flow of clean water to the disposal system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Niels Eilmus, Evan Grybush, Margaret Mazz, Ken Kapal, Ryan Detlaff, Josh Hippert, Shawn Booth, Erika Kovesdi, Jason Miller, Luncheak Tan
  • Publication number: 20220356685
    Abstract: A faucet includes an internal waterway at least partially formed of a first material. The internal waterway includes a valve seat, a conduit, and a unitary body. The valve seat is configured to receive water. The conduit is coupled to the valve seat. The conduit is in fluid communication with the valve seat and configured to receive the water from the valve seat. The unitary body is formed of a non-metallic material having a processing temperature less than a temperature at which the first material forming the internal waterway is undesirably affected, wherein the unitary body is molded around the internal waterway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Kohler, David J. Macon, Mark W. Schibur, Thomas Manoni, Vindhya K. Tiwari, Jeffrey A. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11492788
    Abstract: A handwashing station that includes a basin, a liquid dispensing system, and an air dispensing system. The liquid dispensing system is configured to dispense a liquid into the basin to wash a user's hands. The air dispensing system configured to dispense air into the basin to dry the user's hands. The user can wet, wash, rinse, and dry their hands from within the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Publication number: 20220349160
    Abstract: A faucet mounting assembly for a faucet includes a conical nut and a receiving clip. The conical nut is coupled to a nozzle. The receiving clip is coupled to an inner surface of the faucet and is configured to receive the conical nut within. The receiving clip includes a substantially annular base, one or more tabs and a slot. The one or more tabs including fixed ends fixed to the substantially annular base and free ends opposite the fixed ends and bounded by the slot. The one or more tabs are configured to flex radially between a non-flexed position and a flexed position. The one or more tabs flex into the flexed position when the conical nut is repositioned in and out of engagement with the receiving clip and return to the non-flexed position when the conical nut is seated within the receiving clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Perry D. Erickson, Jacob Frye, Ryan Leichty, Si He, Tonggang Pan, Luke Tian
  • Publication number: 20220349231
    Abstract: A sliding door includes a frame and a slow close assembly. The frame is positioned along at least a portion of the sliding door and includes a protrusion configured to slide along with the sliding door. The slow close assembly is repositionable between an outward position and a compressed position. The slow close assembly includes a slow close mechanism, a spring, and a soft close latch. The slow close mechanism is laterally positioned within the slow close assembly. The spring is positioned at an end of the slow close assembly and provides an outward force onto the slow close assembly in an outward direction substantially perpendicular to the lateral direction. The soft close latch is configured to engage the protrusion as the protrusion slides along with the sliding door. The spring biases the slow close assembly into the outward position when the latch is not interfaced with the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Publication date: November 3, 2022
    Applicant: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Nameer Shaaban, Andrew McClure, Riley Baggett, James Leland Marlowe
  • Patent number: 11484158
    Abstract: A shower panel includes an infrared heater and a panel assembly. The panel assembly includes a deflection surface. The infrared heater, located near the panel assembly, produces infrared rays in the shower cell. The infrared rays heat the general space of the shower cell. The deflection surface includes a profile that contains various deflection features that deflect the stream of water toward the user in the shower cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Publication number: 20220325506
    Abstract: A concrete form for installing a bath filler includes a base having an exposed top surface, a perimeter wall extending along each side of the base and oriented perpendicular to the base, and a rim extending from a top edge of the perimeter wall outwardly from the exposed top surface. The concrete form includes at least one notch disposed along the rim, such that the at least one notch is configured to align with a desired location of the bath filler. The concrete form includes a drill template corresponding with the notches. The drill template includes a plurality of markers configured to indicate drill-hole placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ball
  • Patent number: D966471
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D967153
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Margaret C. Mazz, Gregory De Swarte
  • Patent number: D967360
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Evan M. Grybush, Erin E. Lilly
  • Patent number: D967933
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D967938
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Dongha Lee, Rafael A. Rexach, Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D968563
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Harrison, Margaret C. Mazz, Paul B. Georgeson
  • Patent number: D969092
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bowen, Xinyao Lin
  • Patent number: D969281
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Erich D. Slothower